Dan Gunderson Feature Archive

Don't flush your old prescription drugs. They pollute the state's waters. Officials and environmental leaders concede the public has heard mixed messages over the years about what to do with pharmaceuticals and other compounds that can contaminate lakes and rivers. (07/03/2013)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving money to Minnesota and other Midwestern states to monitor bat populations for white-nose disease, which is caused by a fungus and has wiped out bat populations in parts of the eastern United States. (06/29/2013)
After heavy rain, the Red River is rising quickly in Fargo-Moorhead. (06/26/2013)
Police, prosecutors and even bank employees are paying more attention to the signs of elder abuse in Clay County after a training initiative sponsored by an elder abuse education initiative. (06/25/2013)
The White Earth Nation takes its constitutional reform initiative on the road this week. The first in a series of informational meetings for tribal members will be held June 19 on the Iron Range in the community of Marble. (06/18/2013)
Business owner Brady Olson criticizes state legislators for increasing property, sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes. Olson and other business owners in northwest Minnesota say those higher taxes make it difficult for them to compete with businesses in North Dakota, where the booming economy has allowed legislators to cut taxes. (06/10/2013)
Researchers at the University of North Dakota say they have developed a cheaper, more effective way to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks. (06/08/2013)
Minnesota organizers of the North Country Trail are celebrating the newest trail section with events at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes on Saturday. (06/01/2013)
In Grand Forks on Friday, industry officials and legal experts from around the country debated the appropriate and ethical uses for drones. (05/31/2013)
Across the nation, large numbers of bees -- about one-third of colonies each year -- have been dying for the past six years. Scientists believe the cause is a combination of pesticides, disease and poor nutrition, and some are concerned the annual bee losses are unsustainable. As soon as this year, some warn, there might not be enough bees to pollinate some crops. (05/28/2013)
As boaters head for the lakes this weekend, the Department of Natural Resources will be watching for violations of aquatic invasive species laws. (05/25/2013)
The Minnesota Army National Guard showed off its new unmanned aircraft training facility at Camp Ripley today. The $4 million facility, the only one of its kind in the region, will improve training for National Guard soldiers who fly small drones to provide video surveillance. (05/17/2013)
The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people. (05/16/2013)
The largest study of its kind ever done in Minnesota shows chemicals from household products, prescription drugs and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes. (05/13/2013)
Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls. (05/07/2013)